Are you ready to Rendezvous?
Registration forms are in the (e-)mail and our wonderful and devoted volunteers have all been busy trying to make me look good (not an easy job). So here's an update.
Thursday evening for our early-arrival bonus program, we will welcome Shing Kong from San Francisco. His father was one of the first engineers hired by American Marine Ltd. and eventually became the Production Manager at the Hong Kong yard. Shing will be sharing his pictures and stories from the early days at the yard. Some of you woodie owners may even see your baby being born.
Friday and Saturday programs include our long-time friend Bob Smith with his women's-only engine seminar and his usual hardcore session. He will again be bringing his Lehman demo engine. We will also welcome Barbara Marrett to speak about provisioning, Lisa and Myles Magnuson to tell us how to stay in shape on board, and Margo Wood, of Charlie's Charts fame, to share insights on cruising the Gulf Islands and points north. Our featured speaker will be Steve D’Antonio, technical editor of PassageMaker magazine, who will offer his expertise of boat systems and also conduct a roundtable discussion of failed components with his own collection of visual aids (broken bits).
We are working on fire extinguisher and cooking demos, hopefully not to occur concurrently
, a possible “flare-off” (pending USCG approval) and a guided tour of the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park. And no Puget Sound Rendezvous would be complete without the popular First Mate’s on-the-water training led by the skippers at Passage Maker Yachts (space is very limited), the State-of-the-Yacht address by GB corporate, the dinners and enthralling entertainment, vendor displays and of course the Monster Raffle.
In addition this year, we are working on making this a more family-friendly event and will be organizing some youth activities if enough of you bring youngsters along. So, grab the kids, wash the boat and be ready when that registration form arrives.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!